A lot of job seekers fail in the first stage of the interview because they do not know how to answer 'tell me about yourself' question the correct way. The article below will help you on that.
Do you know what question is always asked in a job interview. Well, I think your guess is as good as mine.
Yes, "Tell me about yourself". Very simple question but to some, this is one of the most difficult to answer. Personally, I would say that this classic job interview question is so general that you don't know where to start.
To help you out, I am going to tell you exactly how you should handle that question and rest assured you will just breeze through it and overcome that first job interview obstacle. This is pretty much applicable to all kinds of job interviews. I'll show you a simple way to break down the points you will go over every time you are asked such a question.
First, your answer must never exceed one minute.
Research says that interviewers start to lose focus after one minute of listening to you continuously. People are tired of advertisements and that question elicits an answer that can be labelled as advertisement - you are selling yourself to the company.
Without further ado, here we go:
You may start by saying "As what you can read from my resume, I have...."
What you will say from that point must consist of any pertinent academic information, years in the sector or designation and brief statements of key positions you have held. It may sound something like this:
"From what you can see in my resume, I have 10 years of professional work experience in the accounting industry. After I graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in accounting, I was recruited by William and Williams Auditing Firm as a Junior Auditor. That's where I got my first experience in Accounting particularly auditing. It took only a little time when I developed my skills of spotting inconsistencies and inaccuracies in financial records".
"After my stint with William and Williams Auditing Firm, I was recruited by Company XYZ...""
Continue with this pattern until you reach your current position. Allot more time talking about your past designations which are most relevant to the job you are being interviewed for. It is important to mention job positions you have held for a long time as this will solidify your credibility as the right fit for the job at hand.
You end your answer by saying:
"That is why I am so thankful for this opportunity to be interviewed to learn more about the job and the attributes you are looking for in a job applicant. Would you like to talk about it?" This will spark an interactive type of job interview. It will melt any tensions you feel and it won't seem to like you are having a job interview but more of an exchange of information."
You will come across as someone who is proactive and at the same time you will learn more about the position directly from the hiring manager. Take note of the important points that the interviewer will tell you because this is where you will lay the foundation to make your job interview a resounding success. Smart, right?
Always practice this pattern when you are about to embark on a job interview until you master it and feel comfortable with it. This will build up your self confidence as well, knowing what to exactly say when asked of that dreaded classic job interview question.
When you get used to this pattern, you will be more relaxed and this will be noticed by the interviewer. You will come across as friendly but knowledgeable which are the very qualities companies are looking for someone they will get to work for them.
Good luck. Go ahead and nail that interview!
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